The Police are advising residents and business operators in St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover that under the State of Public Emergency Clubs and fast food restaurants are permitted to open from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m.

Every place required by law to operate under a tavern licence will be opened from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The opening hours for Gas stations is from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. while Supermarkets, grocery shops, harberdasheries, cook shops and any other place offering goods for sale is from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Pharmacies will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Any other public place, except a tourism enterprise, or a tourism accommodation as defined in the Tourist Board Act is from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Persons are being asked to comply fully with the new stipulations, as the security forces partner with residents to create safer communities.

Meanwhile, the Security Forces are advising residents and persons traveling to, or through the parishes of St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover that it’s important to have a valid form of identification on them at all times.

The Police are also advising persons that vehicular checkpoints have been set up in the operational areas.

The Police say when approaching vehicular checkpoints, motorists should slow down and roll down all windows and if it’s nighttime, persons should turn on their roof lights.

Motorists are being reminded of their duty in law to stop when requested to do so by a member of the security forces.

In addition, persons are being advised of the possibility of delays in the areas where vehicular checkpoints are set up, and as such, persons should exercise patience and plan accordingly.

The Security Forces are seeking full assistance from law-abiding citizens as they work to create safer communities for all.

Members of the public, particularly those in western Jamaica, are being advised that customer service lines have been established for three detention centres.

The number in Westmoreland is 876-836-4922, Hanover is 876-837-9940 and in St. James you can call 876-836-4303.

Persons detained, are expected to be processed within 24 hours and those persons in whom the police have no further interest will be released.

The security forces say they’re committed to upholding the human rights and dignity of all detainees.